The world’s leading darts players are coming back to Japan. International champs will take on Japan’s best darts stars in the Professional Darts Corporation’s (PDC) World Series of Darts event.
The World Series first visited Japan in 2015, when legendary 16-time world champion Phil “The Power” Taylor from the U.K. took victory in a hugely successful championship, in front of over 1,000 fans.
This year, the 16-player tournament moves to Yoyogi National Gymnasium 2. The first round on July 6 sees Japan’s top eight compete against eight of the world’s top-ranked players. The winners will then return to the stage on July 7 for the quarter-finals, semi-finals, and final match.
The eight PDC players competing in Japan will be headed by Michael “Mighty Mike” van Gerwen from the Netherlands, who won the 2014 World Championship and has claimed all of PDC’s major ranking titles over the past four years. Taylor will also return to defend his title and add to his unparalleled list of victories over his 25-year career.
Current world champion Gary “The Flying Scotsman” Anderson, who has won both the World Championship and Premier League twice, also returns to Japan alongside other former World Champs, The Netherlands’ Raymond “Barney” van Barneveld and England’s Adrian “Jackpot” Lewis. Also competing this year are England’s James “The Machine” Wade and Dave “Chizzy” Chisnall.
Japan also made its mark on the global stage, when four-time World Championship qualifier Haruki “HAL” Muramatsu became the first Japanese player to win a PDC Tour Card, be classified as a full-time professional, and to have tested himself against top players across the globe since.
Bring on the darts!